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Fiction Books - How to Find: Start Here

Where to find fiction books in the PLU library

While many public libraries have areas set aside for fiction books, academic libraries like Pacific Lutheran University's Mortvedt Library organize books by Library of Congress call numbers.

So instead of finding all the fiction books in one area, the books are organized by the author's country of origin and time period. Literary criticism and translations are shelved side by side with the novels. 

Find fiction books by using the catalog

Search by keyword for a topic, for example "animals"

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then limit to either a language, an author, a country, etc.

NOTE: Searching by the keyword "Fiction" will also retrieve citations for literary criticism on a particular novel.

faceted search

Look to the left of the search results, limit by content (fiction) and audience.

Find fiction books by browsing the shelves

shelf of books

Find fiction books by browsing the shelves for particular call numbers:

PS 3550-3626 American
PJ 7800-8517 Arabic
PR 6050-6126 British
PR 9198.2-9199.4 Canadian
PR 9205-9570 Caribbean, African, and Asian literature written in English
PL 2832.5-3207 Chinese
PQ 2660-3807 French
PQ 3809-3999 French written outside of France
PT 2660-3807 German
PT 3808-3971.2 German written outside of Germany
PJ 5035-5055 Hebrew
PQ 4860-5904 Italian
PK 5401-5471 Indian literature, regardless of language
PL 821-889 Japanese
PL 992-998 Korean
PQ 9262-9411 Portuguese
PQ9421-9999 Portuguese written outside of Portugal
PG 3475-3550 Russian
PQ 6650-7011 Spanish
PQ 7020-8929 Literature written in Spanish outside of Spain
For South Asian literature written in a particular language, ask a librarian

 

Other options

1.  Public libraries carry popular fiction books and there is a branch 1 mile away.

Parkland/Spanaway Library (hours here)

13718 Pacific Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98444 
253-548-3304

Directions (1 mile):

From campus, head east on Garfield Street towards Pacific Ave.
Turn right onto C Street, proceed to 138th Street 
Entrance to library is on C Street just before 138th Street 

Bus Directions:

Take the #1 Pacific Ave. bus from the transit center or anywhere on Pacific Ave to 138th Street
Entrance to library is on Pacific Ave

2.  Visit the rack of free used fiction books located in the PLU Library's
     first floor vending area.

rack of books